By Garrett Mattingly
Penguin Books, 1964. First published 1955
The author of Catherine of Aragon (1942) and The Armada (1959) here tells the story of Western diplomacy in its formative period and explains the evolution of the diplomat's function. His able and lively discussion also forms, in effect, a history of Western Europe from an entirely fresh point of view.
Garrett Mattingly (1900-1962), born in Washington, D.C., received his Ph.D. at Harvard in 1935, and was Professor of European History at Columbia University in New York City. He won two Guggenheim fellowships.